SKIMS, in case you're unfamiliar, is Kim Kardashian's best-selling line of shapewear. It offers cosy loungewear and pyjamas, great underwear, and most recently swimwear too. But shapewear "solutions" remain at the core of the brand.
Which is why we are so excited to say that the brand has dropped its bi-annual sale today (24 May). Right now you can get up to 50% off some of the brand's bestsellers, including the shapewear our fashion editors seriously swear by.
With a selection of the iconic shapewear, everyday bralettes and versatile slip dresses on sale, there's plenty to choose from. And we advise stocking up on all your lingerie essentials ASAP, as we're pretty sure stock will sell out fast.
Stumped on what to pick up? Here's what we're shopping in SKIMS UK's 2023 bi-annual sale 2023:
SKIMS has seriously been killing in in 2023. Just last month the brand dropped a whole new load of shapewear. In fact, it's the biggest collection since Kim K first launched her multi-billion dollar brand back in 2019.
Alongside new shapewear bits, SKIMS has also updated its best-selling Seamless Sculpt Collection (its lightweight, sculpting collection designed to compress and enhance curves, but never flatten) with eleven new cuts and the brand’s super inclusive shade range – so now you can wear that viral Seamless Sculpt Bodysuit no matter what the occasion. Without a VPL in sight, we might add.
It’s worth noting the SKIMS UK drops usually sell-out within minutes, so we strongly advise adding your favourite Seamless Sculpt and Everyday Sculpt pieces to your basket ASAP.
SKIMS launched a *very* fierce campaign last month (24 April) in celebration of this new shapewear drop. It features global stars American rapper Ice Spice, TikTok music sensation PinkPantheress, American vocalist Nessa Barrett and British singer-songwriter Raye.
In the campaign video the musicians of the moment are all wearing SKIMS’ new shapewear capsule, aptly named the Everyday Sculpt collection. The largest drop since the brand was founded back in 2019, the new range includes lightweight bodysuits, everyday thongs and sculpting (yet hella comfortable) bralettes. And it comes as no surprise that we want it all.
Speaking on SKIMS’ Instagram, PinkPantheress says: “I loved being a part of SKIMS latest shapewear campaign. These styles empower me to try clothes I wouldn't have tried before and make me feel so comfortable and secure.”
It's worth saying no one's body needs to be shaped, smoothed, minimised, or constricted - all bodies are perfect exactly as they are. But, we know that occasionally, certain undergarments might provide a little confidence boost, or ease an insecurity for some folks. And we're *all for* people feeling like their best self, whether that's in your everyday bra and underwear, fancy lingerie, or in a little bit of shapewear. You do you.
With so many shapewear options out there nowadays, it can feel overwhelming to know where to start. But fear not - we've answered your questions and rounded up the best picks to shop. Let's dive in...
Are SKIMS actually good?
Just like any clothes or underwear, opinions can vary based on personal experience – but a lot of reviewers swear by SKIMS. One shopper called the Maternity Sculpting Bodysuit "the best pregnancy purchase I’ve ever made," which is pretty damn high praise. And a customer who reviewed the Sheer Sculpt Low Back Short in size XL gave them five stars, saying "This went perfect with my wedding dress!!! Did not show one bit!!" Plus, there's an endless stream of tagged photos from happy customers on Instagram.
SKIMS UK Stockists to know:
Although SKIMS was obvs first established over in the US, thankfully it has never been easier to get your hands on your fave shapewear pieces, even if you're across the pond in the UK. The brand's own website ships internationally if you want the full range, but selected products are also available online at Net-a-Porter, Selfridges, Harrods and SSENSE.
So, which are the best SKIMS UK shapewear pieces to shop? If you're curious to try the buzzy brand, browse the Cosmopolitan fashion team's edit below.
Is SKIMS UK or Spanx better?
While there are plenty of shapewear options out there on the market, Spanx has been the most ubiquitous name in the game since its launch in 2000. With countless references in TV, film, and pop culture, this brand is top of mind for many women looking for supportive undergarments.
But which brand is best? Oprah named Spanx one of her new favourite things when the brand launched, and other celebrity Spanx fans include Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba. In terms of price, SKIMS UK shaping shorts range from £34 to £96, varying based on compression level. Net-a-Porter's Spanx shorts selection goes from £46 to £222. (It's worth noting, the £222 pair includes interior boning for the highest level of control, and a built-in corset. Most other items are comparably priced across both brands.)
Both labels offer maternity items, various levels of compression, shorts, underwear and bodysuits. And neither brand has limited themselves to just sculpting garments – both have lifestyle ranges as well, like activewear. SKIMS UK, however, has a wider size and colour range in many products. Plus, its "solution short," which features one longer leg and one cropped leg, to wear with thigh-high slit dresses, feels very modern. Kim has spoken before about that all-too-familiar scenario of needing the loo while wearing shapewear on a night out, but finding it impossible to peel off in a hurry, so many of her SKIMS shorts have a crotch opening as a solution. Genius.
What shapewear do the Kardashians wear?
The Kardashian-Jenner clan are all about supporting each other's (many) businesses, so naturally, the sisters have been spotted in SKIMS a lot over the years. Kylie has shared selfies on Instagram wearing the Cotton Jersey Triangle Bralette and the Cozy Knit Pant before. In 2021, Kourtney posed in a SKIMS campaign with Megan Fox, modelling the Essential T-shirt Bodysuit and pieces from the Cotton Collection. In February, Khloé stunned in a brown strapless catsuit by the brand.
But which ones are the founder's favourites to get that famously snatched waistline? Kim told American retailer Nordstrom, "My go-to shapewear piece is the Sculpting Short. I wear it under everything, especially tight dresses and skirts, where I want super smooth lines. The Sculpting Bodysuit is also an essential."
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